St. Francis is off to its best start since 1966. It can get even better this week with a win at Serra this week.
(Staff photo by Keith Birmingham)
STAR-NEWS SUPER 23 RANKINGS
1. St. Francis (8-0) – The Knights 8-0 start not only puts the atop of the area rankings, but it also sets them up for solid run in the Western Division playoffs. St. Francis, 8-0 for the first time since 1966, is now in position to receive a top four seed, regardless of how it does its next two games against stalwarts Serra and Chaminade. A semifinal finish now looks possible. The other question is how it stacks up against Serra. We find out on Friday.
2. Monrovia (7-1) – Does anyone still think the Wildcats won’t repeat in the Rio Hondo League or Mid-Valley Division? One only has to look at their past three games, which has seen Monrovia outscore its first three league opponents, 177-0
3. Muir (7-1) – In most years, the Mustangs would be challenging for the top spot. Muir’s only loss was a respectable showing to Alemany, which is again showing the way in the Serra League. The Mustangs have hardly been challenged in the Pacific League, but should be challenged against Crescenta Valley this week.
4. Rio Hondo Prep (7-1) – The Kares have won six consecutive games since a week 1 loss to Northeast No. 1 Mission Prep. They are on the road to a repeat, but first have some business with Pasadena Poly in a match that decides the Prep League on Saturday.
5. San Marino (7-1) – The Titans have kept pace with the rest, averaging 50 points a game, including hanging 72 on Blair last week. They should have an easy time agaisnt Temple City this week before a week 10 showdown vs. Monrovia.
6. La Salle (6-2) – The Del Rey League is the Lancers for the taking after holding on to beat Bishop Montgomery last week. But the real test for La Salle is the playoffs in the coming weeks.
7. Pasadena Poly (7-0) – The Panthers have handled all challengers until now. But Rio Hondo Prep is a different type of animal. Even with a loss, this is a team other Northeast foes won’t like facing.
8. Rosemead (7-1) – It’s one to go for the Panthers, who face Gabrielino this week. Win, and they play Arroyo for the Mission Valley League title, just like the old days.
9. Maranatha (6-2) – The Minutemen have a resurgence under first-year coach Jude Oliva. Now comes the big test, first hosting Whittier Christian this week before traveling to Cerritos Valley Christian in Week 10. Win both, and Maranatha wins the Olympic League.
10. Gabrielino (6-2) – The Eagles have all but played their way into a playoff spot, needing a win in either of their final two games — this week against Rosemead or next vs. last-place El Monte
The Rest: 11. Arcadia (5-3), 12. Duarte (4-4), 13. Temple City (3-5), 14. South Pasadena (3-4), 15. La Canada (3-5), 16. San Gabriel (2-6), 17. Pasadena (1-7), 18. Marshall (2-6), 19. Flintridge Prep (1-7), 20. Alhambra (1-7), 21. Keppel (1-7), 22. Bosco Tech (0-8), 23. Blair (0-8).
STAT LEADERS (As reported to MaxPreps.com)
1. Eli Snyder, Maranatha, 146-237-2,186-16
2. Tyler Gangi, St. Francis, 93-175-1,543-18
3. Elijah Peters, Gabrielino, 94-177-1,408-13
4. Joey Harmon, Arcadia, 91-157-1,158-6
5. Johnny Bolinger, Rio Hondo Prep, 50-85-991-15
6. Will Pyburn, La Salle, 56-108-967-12
7. Michael Bowman, Pasadena Poly, 56-88-943-15
8. Steven Nava, Rosemead, 53-90-803-11
9. Andrew Ferraco, San Marino, 39-68-733-11
10. Nick Giambalvo, Alhambra, 64-149-641-7
Others: Dejon Williams, Muir, 34-51-577-6
Deshawn Potts, Monrovia, 31-61-511-5
1. Kurt Scoby, Monrovia, 112-1,317-19
2. Stefan Smith, Flintridge Prep, 127-1,134-13
3. Joe Mudie, St. Francis, 106-987-9
4. Andrew Ferraco, San Marino, 117-973-18
5. Nate Tayco, Rio Hondo Prep, 124-915-17
6. Alec Zavala, Rosemead, 112-874-8
7. Griffin Carter, Pasadena Poly, 67-840-13
8. Baile McDavid, Maranatha, 88-738-8
9. Tenny McFarlane, San Marino, 88-728-7
10. Milan Acquaah, La Salle, 73-610-8
Others: Patrick Lopez, Rosemead, 82-530-6
Areg Nazarian, St. Francis, 62-528-4
1. Darron McWhorter, Maranatha, 43-701-6
2. Xavius Boone, Maranatha, 45-684-5
3. Dylan Crawford, St. Francis, 27-558-7
4. Jared Akins, La Salle, 20-509-6
5. Mark Pachorek, Arcadia, 29-437-1
6. John Carroll, St. Francis, 28-415-6
7. Joe Mudie, St. Francis, 25-414-4
8. JP Shohfi, San Marino, 15-375-5
9. Oscar Noriega, Rosemead, 21-369-3
10. Jeremy Franco, Gabrielino, 19-367-5
Others: Christopher Montoya, Gabrielino, 25-352-2
Luis Luna, Rosemead, 18-349-5
Tyler Spitzer, San Marino, 21-346-7